I think it’s true what they say. Like attracts like. Your vibe attracts your tribe. Birds of a feather flock together.
These days with all the ways we have of staying connected, it seems as if authentic connection is harder and harder to find. So when, by some magic of this Universe, people find me and totally “get me” and my work, it truly a magical thing.
Back in February, I received an email from Amy Hockert at Fox 9 News. She had heard about me and my style of photography and was interested in doing a story. (If you’d like to see it – and you should- CLICK HERE)
It was a fun brush with a local celebrity – to hang out for the afternoon with a News Anchor whom I’d seen on TV a hundred times. I spend most of my life thinking I’m invisible to the world, and she spends her life in front of it. I may have geeked out a little.
The story aired, and I wondered where my tribe was. Those people who would connect to my images of real life. Those who would give up the highlight reel perpetuated by Facebook and choose the real life magic of the behind-the-scenes footage. It seemed a lot of people liked the idea…not so much the thought of it being them sharing their behind-the-scenes footage.
I wondered where my tribe was.
Cut to about a month ago, when I received an email from Kelcey Carlson of FOX9 News. She got me. She wanted the behind the scenes. She is a bird of the same feather. I initially thought we would have nothing in common. But the reality was that we had the most important things in common. While her life as lead her down a path so very different from my own, we are at the core, the same.
Everyday we do our very best to be better than we were yesterday. We want to raise smart, caring, kind children. Sometimes the laundry doesn’t get done, and the dirty dishes linger a little longer than we’d like. We juggle all of our responsibilities, and question if we are doing the right thing.
We realize that there is no such thing as perfect, and we understand that the balance is found by living happily within the imperfections.
I was beyond honored, thrilled and excited (and a wee bit nervous) to photograph Kelcey Carlson and her family. She was so incredibly welcoming, kind, and open. She brought me in and made me feel like I was a friend. Kudos to her and her Husband for being so open, and honest and allowing me the opportunity to photograph her extraordinary, ordinary life.